• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Board votes to accept bids on paving projects

The Woodford County Board of Education approved documents on Monday night that will allow the district to advertise for bids on a paving project that includes Southside Elementary School's driveway and the bus garage parking lot. The probable cost, including fees for architecture and engineering services and contingencies, was listed as $215,020 in the documents being submitted to the Kentucky Department of Education. However, schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins pointed out at last week's meeting that the board has agreed to wait until the bids are received before determining the scope of work on the bus garage property. Easements The board approved parking and utility easement agreements with AU Associates, which acquired the former Versailles Elementary School building (most recently the Community Education Center) from the school district. AU Associates has begun work to repurpose the building into a 13-unit apartment building. WCHS fire alarm The board approved a project application form and owner-architect agreement to replace the existing fire alarm system at Woodford County High School. The project's estimated cost was $94,530, according to the application form being submitted to the Kentucky Department of Education. Solicit bids The board gave its approval to solicit bids for Chromebooks purchase pricing as the district explores the possibility of changing computer devices for its One-to-One Initiative at Woodford County High school and a possible expansion of the One-to-One to include students at Woodford County Middle School. The board also gave its approval to solicit bids for a gasoline/diesel fuel supplier as well as property, general liability and workmen's compensation insurance providers for next school year. Special education teacher The board approved a request to increase a half-time special education teacher's position at Southside Elementary into a full-time position. The increase was necessary when seven new students needing special education services recently enrolled at Southside. GED/adult education Following a recent discussion about possible unmet needs in the adult education program, board Chair Ambrose Wilson IV said he and board member Sherri Springate plan to meet with Hawkins and Chief Academic Officer Jimmy Brehm. Other board members voiced no concern with allowing them to discuss what the board can do, if anything, to support the adult education program.

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